About this series
Although modern technology has rendered some aspects of astronomical publishing obsolete, the beautiful detailed star atlases of years past largely superseded by planetarium software, there is still a place for observer’s atlases and guides. And that is out in the field, where a book can easily be dropped into a rucksack pocket. Astronomers’ Pocket Field Guides will provide succinct, targeted information for practical observers. The format will be small enough – 5 x 8 inches (127 x 203 mm) – to fit into a coat pocket etc., but large enough to provide usable data in field conditions.
They are intended to be read in the darkness, by the light of a red reading light only. Diagrams and maps printed a little bolder than usual. The content of each book will cover an object or class of objects in a way that provides here-and-now observing information including, vitally, the location and a finder map.